Monday, March 29, 2010

Sometimes I doubt your commitment to sparkle motion

I really mean that. You know? When someone just doesn't meet your expectations...that's what i want to say:

J'aime Donnie Darko --- forever.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

officially on break

YAY! I made it. And so far so good.

Ruth and Ewan made their visit. We had a great time, although it was short. We met up with some teachers we both used to work with and a nice Friday evening, although it wasn't what it used to be. Still, it was nice to catch up on all the gossip around the district.

Then we headed back to our house for a around of Rock band! Beatles style. I love playing it, but it's hard! I cannot play the drums very well, so I always want to play the guitar. It was fun.

The next day we had a nice breakfast and met up with some of their former neighbors for lunch at Busboys and Poets (never disappointed with that place). A good spot for lunch. They have a lot of interesting books and art items to look at. They pride themselves on progressive thinking, environmentally conscious, and for art of all kinds. We had to wait forever to eat, but it was worth it.

From there the guys parted ways with the girls, and we headed out to Tyson's mall. It is a mecca to all shoppers, but I wasn't feeling it. She needed to find a dress for all the weddings she'll be attending this summer (mine included), but there really wasn't a lot to look at yet. So we just window shopped and talked. I think we were both extremely overwhelmed. I actually couldn't remember the last time I had been in a mall. I can tell you right now, I hope it will be a while longer before I go back..

That night us girls remained by ourselves and rented "500 Days of Summer". I liked it. I don't know I liked most! The soundtrack- awesome. The look - awesome. Zooey Deschanel's clothes -- love them! The cuteness- love love love it... The chalkboard wall-- I need one. I liked it a lot.

This weekend was a great way to begin the spring break. I hear the weather will be better by the end of the week, so I'm really excited about it. My tulips are starting to come up, and I'm ready to let the windows stay open, the dog run free, and just be outside again...

Oh yeah- one more important thing, must send invitations....

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

3 more days!

Spring Break is almost here! YAY!!!3 more days to go, and I have to keep saying at this point-- "I think I can". And, I think I can.

No huge plans, BUT I will be busy.

This weekend we have some friends coming down from Connecticut. They moved from NOVA up to Yankeeland this summer, and I've been missing them. I met Ruth way back when I moved here in 2003. We were friends right away, because we both started teaching at the same school that year. I moved away (to Egyptland) and then came back, and even though i wasn't back at the same school...we still remained dear friends. She and her husband even put me up 2-3 times a week when I had no place to live. I can't wait to see them! We plan on hitting the old spots she so dearly misses...happy hour place, brunch place, and other places in between. I'm hoping we make it into town to a museum or something too.

Then after this weekend I begin work on a mural for my best friend and her husband. It's not really for them, it's for Baby Boy (name withheld until birth) who will be arriving May 1st (or perhaps sooner?). I will be painting a tree with branches extending on the side of another wall, and on the ceiling (the hardest part for me), and then leaves. I drew a sketch for them, and they seemed to like it. I've never painted a mural for a friend before, so this is a first. I'm a little nervous, because I want them to LOVE it.

Next I head up to G-burg to see my parents (J won't be able to make it). But the visit will have many reasons. One- to meet with a seamstress to alter my wedding dress (which I just picked up this weekend-- and yes I still love it). Two- do some wedding planning with the rents. And 3 actually visit with my parents (it's been too long).

Then J and I will be off visiting a variety of family (his side). We both are excited to meet the new addition oh his side of the family. His sister just had a baby girl last weekend -- Ellie Claire... so sweet, that's why I'm calling her eclair!

Things will be great! I'm ready to be out of the grind for a week.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Who's bad?

I have the funniest story.

It all starts with a first grader I teach. He is one of the most happiest, excited kids in the whole school. He is enthusiastic, fun, off beat, clever kid. And- he wants to be a Micheal Jackson impersonator when he grows up. (I am totally serious)

This amazing kid, who just friendly, nice, and considerate can't see anything else in his life, but be Micheal Jackson. Last week his class had earned a costume day and he wore his costume (circa "Bad" Micheal Jackson), he danced for us and loved every second of it. He is REALLY good! I was amazed. Some of the kids who know him said he was on tv a couple of times, and he performs kind of often.

So, today I decided that I wanted to find out where this obession came from. I had a few moments because the kids were working really hard and painting to music, so I sat down beside him. He was already talking about it with a classmate, so I asked him- So what made you so interested in Micheal Jackson? He told me that the he remembered the first song her heard was on Guitar Hero - Beat it- and that from then on he "Just loved it". He says he got a few books, watched some of the videos and he "Just learned how to be him". He went on to say that to be better he needs to start collecting clothes, books, and all of his videos. And beleive me, he's saying all of this in a very excited voice!

This kid, who you would never suspect he'd love to be MJ, finishes his work, and asks me if he can do a free drawing. I say of course-- and he draws 3 faces of MJ. He says- this one is far away, this one is coming closer and this one is the closest.

Well, at least he learned my lesson about perspective.

I really love this kid though, you can tell he just really loves being able to be himself. I think he's had a bad day here and there, but mostly he's just a happy kid who loves music. I asked him what he spends his time doing at home , he said- mostly I just listen to music all the time.

Yep, I like that kid.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Broken Bells are out!

You know you want to get it, don't you?

This awesomeness happens when the singer from The Shins gets with Dangermouse.


Check out this video where they test their music out on kids:

The kid is brutal about the synthesizer bits.